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Digital art and animation by Ben Halstead
Digital art and animation by Ben Halstead

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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=211
ARMSmasters Patreon

Hey, I want to give a shout out to an extremely talented animator friend of mine who just launched his Patreon. Michael Winn of Alpha Omega Animation Design has experience in many areas of the animation industry, including studio, freelance, and teaching, and is developing an original property called ARMSmasters. Lots of content has already been produced, from concept sketches to fully colored and produced animation, with more on the way!
http://www.patreon.com/aoanimation
Your support could be a great way to get a look at the kind of artwork that goes into animation development, not to mention getting to see more of the cast of ARMSmasters, and Winn’s uniquely anatomical drawing skill. Check it out, and spread the word!

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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=208
Tower Nest Concept

Built from the central peak of a large crater, it’s part rock, part… alien tree… thing.

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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=205
Caelith - Concept 3

Back design. Simple and symmetric = Easier to animate. Hopefully reads better, too.

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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=202
Caelith Concept

Fleshing things out a bit more. Still finalizing her equipment and air board
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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=197
Titmouse! ... Also, new animated project

I haven’t updated in a while as I’ve been either focused on my professional work, or focused on my personal work. But of course, that’s not a good reason to post less often… it’s a good reason to post MORE often! So, here’s a look at some of the development I’ve done for a new animated short I’m working on.
Also … I got hired at Titmouse, as a Toon Boom Compositor! 😀 I also had an awesome gig with Hornet before that! Anyway, here’s a space girl. Expect more updates

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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=194
Speed Painting


Digital speed painting I did the other day with Photoshop. This is the placeholder background art for one of the shots in my pilot episode animatic that I am making. The featureless area at the bottom will be masked by foreground elements.
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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=187
New 2016 Demo Reel!

Here’s my new 2D animation demo reel! Toon Boom Harmony was used for pretty much everything, although depending on the project, sometimes Flash or After Effects was used, as well.

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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=184
Kung Fu Panda Fan Art



We went to see Kung Fu Panda 3 recently and I got inspired to do some fan art. Nico Marlet’s character designs are incredible! So I thought I’d try my hand at a blind clouded leopard character in his style. If you’d like to take a shot at this character design challenge, you can download the high-resolution template here:
http://halsteadart.com/uploads/img/KungFu_Character_LG.png
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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=180
Check out Switchboard Infinity!


I wanted to do a shout-out for an awesome audio show that’s going on right now. It’s called “Switchboard Infinity,” and it’s a fun and funny (that is to say, hilarious) sci-fi about a guy named Malcolm who escapes from the Jupiter system and tries to get back to Earth. It’s made with a mix of theatrical improv, excellent acting performances, and extensive professional sound design, and is frankly a joy to listen to. Check it out now for free on Soundcloud!
https://soundcloud.com/switchboardinfinity
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From http://halsteadart.com/?p=177 2D Rig Animation Test

http://halsteadart.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Phase_Test3_sm.mp4
For a while now, I’ve been developing my 2D rigging skills in Toon Boom Harmony Premium. Here’s my latest test for my most advanced rig. Some features it includes: 180 degrees of full body rotation (mostly keyframeable, with many hand swaps available – could be modified to 360 degrees if necessary), volumetric lighting / shading, deformation controls for the spine and limbs, a kind of cheat I came up with that allows IK on the feet, and a fully poseable mouth rig for lip syncs. With the help of action templates, animating this full-body lip sync test took me roughly one hour per second. The next step for me is to start building new male and female rigs based on this model, which I hope to use for commissions, contract work, and my own pilot episode!
P.S. If the video player isn’t showing, try clicking this link:
2D rig animation test
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